Volkswagen laid the foundations for the all-electric ID. Buzz, which has multiple generations of Volkswagen vans in its genes, more than 50 years ago: In 1970, Adolf Kalberlah founded the “Future Research” development area, which designed the first Volkswagens with electric drive systems. Two years later, Volkswagen presented an electric van based on the T2 – initially as a test vehicle, then later as a very small batch, with various optional set-ups.
The vision of the electric “Bulli” is born, but not yet practical. The first prototype of the T2 – a flatbed truck with an open loading area – weighs 2.2 tons and carries an 880-kilogramme battery with a capacity of 21.6 kWh. Compared to today’s battery systems, the cells are not only heavy, they also store significantly less energy.